Brooklyn Therapists

Therapists & Counselors for Adoptive Families in New York

Adoption Family Support

Practice Setting: Private Practice
Services Provided: Provides Adoptive Parent Support Groups, Individual consultations on adoption-related issues, and ongoing psychotherapy. Works with parents of adopted children using psychodyamic and family systems based approaches. View support group flyer and visit website to learn more about groups and services offered.

  • Degrees/Licenses/Affiliations:  LCSW, Years in Practice: 20,  Fordham Graduate School of Social Services
  • Insurance Accepted: Out of Network / sliding scale
  • Contact: Barbara Freedgood, LCSW
  • Address: 276 Fifth Avenue, Suite 507-A, NY, NY 10001  
  • Phone: 212-645-7047
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Allison Gold, LCSWR

Practice Setting: Private Practice
Services Provided: Counseling and psychotherapy for parents dealing with the psychosocial stressors relating to parenting children who have been institutionalized. Work with adoptive parents who have children with reactive attachment disorders.

Amy Weber

Practice Setting: Private Practice
Services Provided: I specialize in working with children ages 3 years – 12 years, with particular focus on issues of adoption, foster care, and trauma. I have training in Child/Adolescent Psychotherapy, Play Therapy, Infant-Parent Psychotherapy, and DIR/Floortime.

  • Degrees/Licenses/Affiliations:
    NYS Licensed Clinical Social Worker
  • Insurance Accepted: I am an in-network provider for BC/BS. I am also a provider through CPSE.
  • Address: 540 President Street, Suite 2G, Brooklyn, NY 11215   
  • Phone: (917) 224-7114
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Anne F. Malave, Ph.D.

Practice Setting: Private Practice
Services Provided: I work with individuals (adults and up), couples, and small groups in the areas of (but not limited to) adoption, infertility, and third party reproduction. I do a good deal of work helping people with decision making in these areas, and in working through issues to agreement with partners in decision making and parenting.

  • Degrees/Licenses/Affiliations:  Ph.D. License, NY State 013992; Affiliated with William Alanson White Institute; Member, Adoption Foster Care Therapists Network
  • Insurance Accepted: Sliding Scale
  • Address:  New York Office – 330 West 58th Street, Suite 406, New York, NY 10019; Dutchess Office -24 Main Street Suite A, Millerton, New York 12546
  • Phone: 646-374-4085 (New York); 518-789-0016 (Dutchess)
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  • Website: Psychology Today listing

Athena Spelios

Practice Setting: Private Practice
Services Provided: Children (2 1/2 – 18 yrs), adolescents, adults, couples. Postgraduate training included courses in adoption; work with adopted (international and domestic) children and foster care children and their parents; integrate an eclectic approach – training in psychodynamic and systems theories, specialization in play therapy; more than 12 years work experience.

  • Degrees/Licenses/Affiliations:  MSW, LCSW;  Postgraduate Certificate in Child, Adolescent and Family Psychotherapy (June 2013); NASW
  • Insurance Accepted: Out of Network insurance/Sliding scale – yes
  • Other Language:  Spanish
  • Address: 26 Court Street, Suite 410, Brooklyn, NY 11242   
  • Phone: 646-898-6286
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Bob Bamman, LCSW

Practice Name: Rennicke & Associates
Practice Setting: Group Practice
Services Provided: Attachment oriented treatment of adopted/foster children, adolescents, adoptive and complex families, and adults. 20 years experience in private clinical practice working with adoptive/foster children and families. Contract clinician for the Friends In Adoption agency. Specialization in blended and trans-racial families, Diadic Developmental Psychotherapy. Pre-adoption consultation for decisions around alternative family building and domestic/international adoption.

  • Degrees/Licenses/Affiliations: Licensed Clinical Social Work (LCSW), Adoption/Foster Care Therapist Network, Adoptive Parents Committee, Rennicke & Associates, Friends In Adoption Agency, Path2Parenthood
  • Address: 530 Broadway ( at Spring Street), 4th Floor New York, NY 10012
  • Phone: 212-337-3565
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Barbara Rothberg

Practice Setting: Private Practice
Services Provided:
For more than 30 years I have worked as a family and couple therapist helping different kinds of families resolve their issues. I have extensive experience with adoptive families, blended families, and alternative families. I work as a parent coach helping parents learn new strategies to work together to deal with problems their children face. I also work as a divorce coach, to assist families dissolve relationships in the most amiable way possible, paying attention to the best interests of the children. Manhattan office: 244 Fifth Ave., Suite 8A,  New York, NY 10016,  212 447-7870

  • Degrees/Licenses/Affiliations:
    D.S.W., LCSW; Certified Family Therapist, Parent Coach, Mediator, Divorce Coach and Child Specialist
  • Insurance Accepted: Out of Network
  • Address:  460 Sixth Street, Brooklyn, NY 11215,   
  • Phone: 718 499-7574
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Behavioral Mental Health Counseling PLLC

Practice Setting: Private Practice
Services Provided: Behavioral Mental Health Counseling PLLC assists individuals, families, groups and organizations throughout Long Island and the five boroughs of New York City with mental health counseling. Through my clinical practice I provide counseling, psychotherapy, clinical assessment, evaluation, treatment planning, case management, prevention, discharge, and aftercare services to individuals, families, groups and organizations. My main focus consists of providing behavior modification and cognitive behavior therapy. Even though these are our my primary techniques that I practice I will work with you in a flexible and comprehensive manner to best meet your needs.

  • Degrees/Licenses/Affiliations: M.P.S. LMHC
  • Insurance Accepted:  I currently do not contract with any insurance companies. I will provide you, if requested, an invoice which you can submit to your insurance company for possible third party reimbursement however it is your responsibility to verify the specifics of your coverage.
  • Contact:  Richard Anemone
  • Address: 2 Windsor Place , Lynbrook, NY 11563
  •  Phone: 516-523-6053
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Center for Family Development – NYC Division

Practice Setting: Clinic
Services Provided: Specializing in the evaluation and treatment of adoptive and foster families and their children. All ages. Staff include Psychologist, Psychiatrist, and OT. Staff practice Attachment-Focused Treatment using Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy and other treatment methods such as DBT. Consultations regarding school issues and IEPs provided. Comprehensive evaluations Assessments are comprehensive and include a thorough screening of attachment and trauma, mental health issues, sensory-integration, neuropsychological issues, and effects of possible prenatal exposure to alcohol and drugs. Neuropsychological Assessment. Consultations regarding IEP Psychiatry, Medication evaluations, Mediation treatment Psychotherapy: All treatment is with evidence-based approaches Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy Attachment Focused Therapy Sensory-Integration Assessment Treatment Consultation Training & Consultation Training, Consultation, and Supervision for Professionals Workshops for parents

  • Degrees/Licenses/Affiliations: Certified Attachment-Focused Treatment Organization. All staff are Certified Attachment-Focused Family Therapists and/or Certified Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy Psychotherapists
  • Insurance Accepted: All services are fee for service
  • Other Language:  Arabic, Hebrew,
  • Address:  304 Park Avenue, Suite 1039, New York, NY 10010    
  • Phone: 646-389-6550
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Counseling Center for the Adoption Family

Practice Name:  Counseling Center for the Adoption Family
Practice Setting: Private Practice
Services Provided: Family Counseling, Couples Therapy, Individual Psychotherapy, Adolescent Group Counseling, Adoptive Parent Issues. Adoption competent and licensed psychotherapy for children, teens and adults. Therapeutic Adoption Support are available to help adoptive parents, adoptees, birth parents and significant others and are led by licensed adoption counselors

  • Degrees/Licenses/Affiliations: MS, MS, Ph.D.  NYS Licensed Mental Health Counselor. NYS Licensed Psychoanalyst. Diplomate, American Psychotherapy Association. Member, American Association for Marital and Family Therapy. Member, Adoption/Foster Care Therapists Network.
  • Insurance Accepted: 1199, Cigna/ sliding scale
  • Contact: Dr. Ronald Katz
  • Address: 6 Peter Cooper Road #7G, New York, NY 10010
  • Phone: 212-228-2560
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Courtney Rennicke

Practice Name: Rennicke & Associates
Practice Setting: Private Practice
Services Provided: I provide dyadic developmental psychotherapy (otherwise known as attachment focused family therapy) to adopted/foster care children and their families aged 4 years old through 18 years old. I also provide parent consultations for adopted/foster care parents seeking more information about how to address their child’s unique needs. In addition, I offer attachment informed treatment (accelerated experiential dynamic psychotherapy) for adult adoptees.

  • Degrees/Licenses/Affiliations: Clinical Psychology from Columbia Univeristy, Licensed as a Psychologist in New York State, Certified Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy Provider, Co-Founder & President of Adoption/Foster Care Therapist Network, Clinical Supervisor at Teachers College, Columbia University
  • Insurance Accepted: Insurance is not accepted. There are several other providers in our practice that offer a range of rates for families.
  • Address: 530 Broadway, 4th Floor, New York, NY 10012  
  • Phone: 212-337-3565
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Gail Woods

Services Provided: As a social work escort with Adoptive Family Homeland Travel programs to Vietnam and Russia, I was moved by the profound positive shift in sense of identity, belonging and self-esteem for adoptees visiting their homelands, and sometimes meeting caregivers or birthparents. As an adoption psychotherapist, individual, couple and family therapist, I’m happy to be present for adoptees (late adolescent to adult) and their families in their search to discover who they really are. This includes strengthening identity and connections within the adoptive family, exploring birth-culture and birth-family search when desired, finding support within the adoption community, and within a safe nurturing therapeutic relationship. My specialties include relationship issues, coping with loyalty conflicts, and trauma resolution. My work is always resilience-based and emotion focused.

  • Insurance Accepted: Pay as you go. Receipts given for client to submit to insurance. Sliding scale daytime only.
  • Address: 275 West 96th St. Ste32F, New York, NY 10025-6271  
  • Phone: 917-282-5834
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Infertility and Adoption Counseling Center

Practice Setting: Group Practice
Services Provided: Counseling, Workshops, Professional Training. Counselors at IAC Center use a lifelong, short-term therapy model designed by Ms. Mantell. Constructed from psychoanalytic, developmental and adoption life cycle theories and research, this model successfully teaches people coping skills to address the emotional aspects of adoption issues over the course of the life cycle. Multiple locations in New Jersey & New York City

  • Degrees/Licenses/Affiliations: MSW, LCSW; Certification in Psychoanalysis; Member of the Adoption Advisory Council for the American Fertility Association;  Feature contributor and the “Ask the Expert” for Adoptive Families Magazine.
  • Insurance Accepted: sliding scale
  • Contact: Joni Mantell
  • Address:  235 West 76th Street, 1B, NY, NY 10023 
  • Phone: 609-737-8750
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Iris Johnson, LCSW

Practice Setting: Private Practice
Services Provided:  Worked for approximately five years in foster care with teens and young adults (14-21). I’m extremely knowledgeable about adolescent development (i.e. brain, emotional, etc.) and the impact of trauma on that development. I have trained 100s of foster/adoptive parents on how to parent a foster/adoptive youth. I currently provide individual, family, couple, and group treatment for ages 14+ using family systems and interpersonal therapies. As a foster/adoptive parent of a now 21 year old male, I understand the complexities of raising a youth who has been traumatized by entering, growing up, and aging out of foster care.

  • Degrees/Licenses/Affiliations: MSW, LCSW, certificates in family and couple counseling from Ackerman Institute for the Family and adoption and foster care from Hunter College School of Social Work
  • Insurance Accepted: Value Options, GHI, Blue Cross/Blue Shield. I also provide a sliding scale.
  • Address: 601 Bainbridge St, Brooklyn, NY 11233  
  • Phone: 718 541-1266
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Jennifer Cain, Ph.D.

Practice Setting: Private Practice
Practice Name: Jennifer Cain, Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist, NYS
Services Provided: I specialize in helping parents who have children with trauma and attachment issues, especially foster and adopted children. I offer telephone-based consultation services to help parents better understand and respond to their children’s difficult behaviors and other problems. My approach is a combination of careful listening, helping parents understand the dynamics that underlie problem behaviors, and giving suggestions for how parents can respond in ways that meet the child’s underlying needs so that problem behaviors are changed into healthier behaviors. Serves all of New York State

  • Degrees/Licenses/Affiliations: Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist, NYS
  • Insurance Accepted: No insurance. If you cannot afford my fee, please let me know. See website for fee structure
  • Address: N/A, services are telephone based  
  • Phone: 917-577-4981
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Jill Edelstein

Practice Setting: Private Practice
Services Provided: Trauma psychotherapist who specializes in fertility and adoption related concerns. She works with infertility grief and pregnancy loss (past or present), supports people in exploring adoption as a pathway to parenthood, and assists adopted people and their families in wrestling with the complexities of adoption. This could include cultural issues, search and reunion, exploration and integration of adopted identity, or the ways these things can show up in love, work and play. Over the last 4+years, Jill has served hundreds of children and adults living in foster, adopted, kinship and other family configurations as a clinical social worker in a community mental health clinic setting in New York City.

  • Degrees/Licenses/Affiliations: MSW, LCSW; Focusing Oriented Therapist & Trainer; EMDR; Clinical Affiliate of NIP’s Trauma Treatment Program
  • Insurance Accepted: Multiplan (PHCS & Savility) and Magnacare/Health Republic. Out of network for most providers. I’ll gladly provide a monthly invoice to those who have out-of-network benefits.
  • Phone:  917-397-0086
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Judith Myerson

Practice Name: Hudson Valley, Attachments
Practice Setting: Private Practice
Services Provided: Treatment Approaches: Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy/Attachment Focused Family Therapy with children with Developmental Trauma Disorder (Complex PTSD) secondary to abuse, neglect, attachment disruptions and institutional care; Theraplay activities; Individual therapy with older adolescent and young adult adoptees. A major focus is Attachment Focused Parenting education and guidance and supporting parents. Ages: Infants through young adult; Adoptive parents. Serves  Orange County,surrounding Hudson Valley counties, Northern NJ and NYC. Extended Saturday appointments for people who come a distance.

  • Degrees/Licenses/Affiliations: MSW, LCSW. ACSW; Certified Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapist; Certified Attachment Focused Family Therapist; Member, Adoption Foster Care Therapists Network. Former Coordinator of a NYS OCFS Post Adoption grant through Abbott House; Adoptive parent.
  • Insurance Accepted:  Most Insurances accepted
  • Address: 93 Brookside Ave, Chester, NY 10918  
  • Phone: 845-469-5065
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Karen Dwyer-Tesoriero, LCSW

Practice Setting: Private Practice
Services Provided: Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the State of New York with over 15 years of experience working in NYC foster care agencies in various roles. Trained in family systems theory and can provide pre and post adoption counseling. Currently, I am able to provide adoption home study services through all 5 boroughs, Nassau, Suffolk, Westchester, Rockland, Orange and Putnam Counties. I will work with you and your attorney to complete the adoption home study.

  • Degrees/Licenses/Affiliations: LCSW, Certified Anger Management Specialist, two year post graduate certificate program in Trauma Studies
  • Insurance Accepted: Depending on your insurance, therapy services (Individual, couples counseling and family therapy) may be covered through your medical insurance coverage(see website for specifics). Sliding scale available.
  • Address: 981 Bay Street, Suite 4, Staten Island, NY 10305
  • Phone:  917-626-7883
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Karen Minsberg

Practice Setting: Private Practice
Services Provided:  From an attachment perspective, I provide individual therapy and family therapy for adoptees and adoptive parents. I have worked for many years with adolescents as well as adults, and am adopted myself. I have trained with Dan Hughes in Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy, and in AEDP, Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy. Both these models are rooted in the developing field of affective neuroscience, which focuses on how the body and brain are organized by one’s emotional and attachment experiences. Both also emphasize creating a safe space in which to explore, resolve and integrate previous attachment ruptures by providing a healing attachment experience.

  • Degrees/Licenses/Affiliations:  MSW, LCSW, Faculty New York Counseling & Guidance, Assistant Trainer AEDP, Listserve Moderator, AEDP
  • Insurance Accepted: I accept Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and have some hours for sliding scale clients.
  • Address: 98 Sherman St, Brooklyn, NY 11218  
  • Phone: 917 676-3180
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Leanne Jaffe

Practice Name: Adapting for Adoption
Practice Setting: Private Practice
Services Provided: Family and Individual Counseling/Psychotherapy for foster, birth, and adoptive family members of all ages. Helping families work through issues of loss, integrating into a new family, identity development in children, teens, and adults. Search and reunion/open adoption processes. Groups for adopted/foster kids. International/transracial adoption and foster care; lgbt, assisted reproduction and alternatively-formed families. Consulting, training, and psychoeducation for parents, schools, Social Workers and other adoption professionals.

  • Degrees/Licenses/Affiliations: MA, LCSW
  • Insurance Accepted: Sliding-scale offered/ in-network with Cigna.
  • Address: 105 East 15th Street, NY, NY 10003, and 26 Court St, Brooklyn Heights  
  • Phone:  917-254-2508
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Services Provided: 1-800-LIFENET is a free, confidential help line for New York City residents. You can call 24 hours per day/7 days per week. The hotline’s staff of trained mental health professionals help callers find mental health and substance abuse services. You can call for yourself or someone you know. We need to know only the age, neighborhood and the type of problem. Your needs are then matched with the proper mental health, substance use, or crisis service professional qualified to address your problem.

  • Phone: 1-800-543-3638
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Melanie S. Francis, LCSW

Practice Setting: Private Practice
Services Provided: My private practice in Chelsea, New York specializes in providing therapy for teens and young adults ages 13-40, especially those experiencing anxiety, grief and loss, and depression. I have a Cognitive Behavioral orientation and use short-term, evidence-based, CBT treatment models (e.g., TF-CBT, AF-CBT, Prolonged Exposure, and SPARCS) to inform my practice and help my clients experience relief. For the past 6 years, I worked as an individal, dyad, and family therapist in one of the largest foster care agencies in New York State serving foster/pre-adoptive children and their families. This is the population I am most passionate about.

  • Degrees/Licenses/Affiliations:
    LCSW; member of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC); member of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW); member of the Psychotherapy and Training Collective of New York (PTCNY).
  • Insurance Accepted: Out-of-Network (note: I can help you obtain the maximum reimbursement your insurance plan allows, which is typically $140 per $200 session)
  • Address: 116 West 23rd St., Suite 500, New York, NY 10011
  •  Phone: 212-858-9101
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Richard Sternberg, Psy.D

Practice Setting: Private Practice
Services Provided: Individual, couples and family therapy. I am trained both in psychoanalysis and in cognitive-behavioral techniques. I have considerable experience in working with adoptive and blended families, including families with high degrees of conflict.

  • Degrees/Licenses/Affiliations: Psy.D. in clinical psychology; Board certified in clinical psychology (American Board of Professional Psychology); Certified psychoanalyst; Certified marital and couples therapist; Recognized by National Register of Health Care Psychologists; Member, American Psychological Association.
  • Insurance Accepted: Insurance accepted on out-of-newtork basis. Sliding scale fees also available.
  • Address: 1175 West Broadway, Suite 21, Hewlett, NY 11557  
  • Phone: 516-569-3869
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Sarah Gerstenzang

Practice Name: Sarah Gerstenzang
Practice Setting: Private Practice
Services Provided: Counseling and support to prospective adoptive or foster parents including exploration of various paths to adoption/fostering and related costs.  Attachment focused family therapy for foster and/or adoptive families. Work with all age children and all family structures. Expertise in transracial placements.

  • Insurance Accepted: None 
  • Other Language: French
  • Address: 67 Irving Place, 6th Floor, New York, NY 10003
  • Phone: 917-539-6160
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Shulamit Rishik

Practice Setting: Private Practice
Services Provided: Offers pre and post adoption consultations and services for ages three through adolescence. Treatment focus on: emotional trauma, attachment, depression, anxiety, behavior and school related issues. Professionally connected with psychoneurologists should the need for psychoneurological or psychoeducational evaluation be required. Parental guidance and support (including but not limited to validation and behavior tools) is offered. Help in understanding cultural aspects of behavior vs. behavior problems, and assistance in navigating differences in families formed by adoption and help for adoptees to process his/her feelings about his/her biological parents and adopted parents. Specialization in providing general parental guidance and work with gays and lesbians (single/couples) to address their particular needs. Serves NYC and Tri-state aria

  • Degrees/Licenses/Affiliations: MA, Hunter College School of Social Work (LCSW). Psychoanalyst, NPAP. Certificate, Child and Adolescent Programs, JBFCS. MA, Teachers College,Columbia University. Contributor to Cognitive Remediation Center (GBCenter).
  • Insurance Accepted: UBH, Freedom Oxford Plan, out of network insurances and sliding scale.
  • Other Language:  Russian, some Ukranian
  • Address:  350 Central Park West, Suite 1F, New York, NY 10025   
  • Phone: 212-665-6693
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Susan Spieler

Practice Setting: Private Practice
Services Provided: I work with adolescents and young adults, including those who were adopted or in foster care. I also work with adults (single or in couples) who are considering adoption or fostering, and adults who have foster or adopted children. After completion of my doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology and my psychoanalytic training, I sought specialized training in adoption. I have worked with people impacted by adoption and foster care for 20 years. I do individual and couples’ therapy, short-term groups, and parenting workshops. I have an interactive approach.

  • Degrees/Licenses/Affiliations: PsyD in Clinical Psychology; NYS Licensed Psychologist; Certified Psychoanalyst; AFCTN member
  • Insurance Accepted: Reduced fee for self-supporting students
  • Other Language:  Some Spanish
  • Address:  230 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024   
  • Phone: 212-877-0355
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Therese Bimka

Practice Setting: Private Practice
Services Provided: Experienced practitioner and adoptive parent; Parenting Skills; Fostering Attachment; Play, Sandplay, and expressive arts therapy for children.

  • Degrees/Licenses/Affiliations: LCSW; Ordained Interfaith Minister
  • Insurance Accepted: Provide invoices to submit to insurance company for reimbursement
  • Address: 40 Eighth Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 12401
  • Phone: 347-410-0952
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RoYYal Early Intervention Agency, Inc.

Practice Setting: Private Practice
Services Provided:We are an Early Intervention Agency. We offer services for families that have children birth to three . Our service is of no cost to families, it’s voluntary, and absolutely confidential. This is a program for families who have children, who might need PT, OT, Speech, and Special Instruction. And there are additional services too. My agency, can and would be more than happy to help the families you serve, to navigate the birth to three system so their children can get the services they need. And, if found eligible they can receive these service at school, home or a mixture of both.

  • Contact person:Lucy Kramer
  • Address: 2188 Pitkin Ave, Brooklyn, New York 11207
  • Phone:888-824-4538
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